Sidi Shaykh Muhammad Said al-Jamal ar-Rifa’i ash-Shadhuli was the Guide of the Shadhiliyya Sufi tariqa (path). Sidi was the Guide of the Peace, Love, Mercy, Justice, Freedom and Beauty. He traveled throughout the world giving his teachings to those who are thirsty for the truth and helping them to heal their bodies, hearts and spirits. From 1994 until his passing in 2015, he visited the United States where he gathered the beloveds and those seeking greater love and truth to gatherings in California, Maryland and other areas of the nation.
Sidi’s teachings help us walk through the 28 Stations of the Way to the Unity of God’s Love. He wrote many books to help his beloveds open their hearts to live in God’s reality including Music of the Soul, Path to Allah Most High, Conversations in the Zawiyah and many more. A master healer and herbalist, Sidi’s Spiritual Healing and Natural Medicine provides remedies for healing through herbs and other plants.
Sidi was a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him. He was born in Tulkum in the Holy Land in 1935. He was the spiritual inheritor of the Shadhuli lineage and kept Sufism alive and at work as an institution and a school of thought and spiritual knowledge. In 1997 he restored the 1000 year old Sufi Council that served in the Holy Land. He was the head of this Council in Jerusalem and the Holy Land and was a teacher and central figure at the Masjid al-Aqsa or the Dome of the Rock for many years.
Sidi lived on the Mount of Olives in the Holy City of Jerusalem since the year 1959. The teaching from his spirit is very deep and for all those who have a heart and who listen with this heart. His teaching sheds an entirely new light on the reality of Sufism and the significance of carrying this message to everyone in this time.
He made monthly journeys all over the Holy Land to help the poor and to make sure that everyone has food and clothing. There were always lines of people at his home and at his office because they knew that they could find real help from him. The Shaykh was not a teacher for a few following a spiritual path but opened his heart to help everyone from any country or nationality and he helped people from all over the world. This real beloved of God worked for all those who are suffering and who need food and clothes in all this world. He was a leader who helped to keep peace no matter what the cost and who serves humanity without prejudice.
Biographical information courtesy of Sidi Muhammad Press.
“Beloved, know in whose presence you sit; know who whispers these words into the ear of your heart. If you hear me, know me; if you would know me, you must enter…With what voice shall I call you but the voice of your own quest?”